Surah At-Tawbah: Chapter 9 (line 80-90) the Repentance

80. Whether you ask forgiveness for them, or do not ask forgiveness for them-even if you ask forgiveness for them seventy times, God will not forgive them. That is because they disbelieved in God and His Messenger. God does not guide the immoral people.

81. Those who stayed behind rejoiced at their staying behind the Messenger of God. And they hated to strive with their wealth and their lives in God’s way. And they said, “Do not venture out in the heat.” Say, “The Fire of Hell is much hotter, if they only understood.”

82. Let them laugh a little, and weep much; in recompense for what they used to earn.

83. If God brings you back to a party of them, and they ask your permission to go out, say, “You will not go out with me, ever, nor will you ever fight an enemy with me. You were content to sit back the first time, so sit back with those who stay behind.”

84. You are never to pray over anyone of them who dies, nor are you to stand at his graveside. They rejected God and His Messenger, and died while they were sinners.

85. Do not let their possessions and their children impress you. God desires to torment them through them in this world, and their souls expire while they are disbelievers.

86. When a chapter is revealed, stating: “Believe in God and strive with His Messenger,” the prominent among them ask you for exemption. They say, “Allow us to stay with those who stay behind.”

87. They prefer to be with those who stay behind. Their hearts were sealed, so they do not understand.

88. But the Messenger and those who believe with him struggle with their possessions and their lives. These have deserved the good things. These are the successful.

89. God has prepared for them gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever. That is the great victory.

90. Some of the Desert-Arabs came to make excuses, asking to be granted exemption, while those who were untrue to God and His Messenger stayed behind. A painful punishment will afflict those among them who disbelieved.

My interpretation: 

Gabriel is talking to Muhammad and discussing what needs to be said to people to warn them of their actions, of choosing inaction. This is why I believe Islam is the Middle Way just as Buddhism was taught by Buddha, because doing evil on earth will bring punishment and Hell to your being. But also NOT doing enough on earth for others, will also bring you to Hell and punishment. So the pathway to Heaven is a balance of using your power and ego to be both active and good.

At this time in history, there is much war going on between the monotheistic Arab tribe growing, and the larger civilization of Mecca which was still majority of pagans who did not want to give up their traditions.  Muhammad is to be firm with his people who are on the fence about fighting and taking over Mecca. They don’t understand it is prescribed by God and make excuses such as “it’s too hot” saying they can not fight. Gabriel reminds Muhammad to tell them that Hell is much hotter. So Muhammad is to tell them that if the able men stay now when they are needed most, then he will ask them to not come to fight ever again, and this is God’s punishment to not allow them to redeem themselves spiritually.

If they die in inaction of doing good and having faith that the battles they fight will be victorious, then that is their choice, but then they die without honor and Muhammad is told that they do not receive well wishes in their death and in their burial.

Those who will listen to Muhammad and follow his advice that has been given by God will earn their rights in heaven and bliss. They have faith and have given up their lives to God. Those who are too blind, deaf, and dumb will remain this way and this will be their punishment.

Imagine being blind to the signs of God forever? Hell to me is isolation and the opposite of soothing and cooling to the soul and spirit. That’s why it feels like burning-it’s a yearning desire to go back and do it all over again when the truth is revealed to them.

Another form of Hell to me. Wouldn’t you feel a “burning” sensation here?